Millfield-educated and captain of Sale Jets in 2010/11, Henry Thomas changed his geographical location from South to North and studied economics at Manchester University before joining Bath Rugby last season. He made his England U20 debut in the 26-20 win over Wales at Parc y Scarlets in early February 2011 and four months later had the distinction of scoring tries against Ireland and New Zealand in the Junior World Championship in Italy.
Kingston-born Henry won his first two England caps as a replacement against Argentina in June 2013 and his third came against Scotland the following February before he added others against Ireland, Wales and Italy. He was previously educated at King Edward’s School, Bath before going to Millfield, where he led the first team in his final year and helped the sevens squad to lift ten titles in two seasons, including the prestigious Rosslyn Park National tournament twice.
His most memorable match while at school, partly for the wrong reasons, was for Millfield when they lost 25-22 to Bromsgrove in 2008. He said: “We should have won with the team we had.”
His career has been nurtured by a series of mentors beginning with his father Nigel, a former London Welsh player. Others have been Peter Anglesea at Sale, school coaches John Brimacombe and John Mallett, scrummaging expert Ian Peel, conditioner Neil Taylor and Peter Walton, of England U18.
Henry first played for Bath minis at the age of six and went on to represent England U16, U18 and U19 before joining the U20 squad for a training week in Portugal.
A former No.8, he also represented England U16 at cricket and by the end of January this year, had played in 75 Premiership matches for the Sharks and Bath Rugby and had scored five tries – three against London Irish and one each against Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers. His first game for England Saxons was in the starting side against Ireland Wolfhounds at Cork in 2015.
2013 Arg (1R, 2R) 2014 S(R), I(R), W(R), It(R), NZ(1R)
Last updated: 27 January 2016